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Friday, December 31, 2010

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on TED.com

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on TED.com

Are there spaces that encourage creativity?

Is an idea a single thing or does it arise from a network of ideas and connections?

Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Podcast - Free Podcast Download

Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Podcast - Free Podcast Download

Merrill on Instructional Design



Simple, Basic, Principles

Show the learner -- rather than just tell.

Provide opportunities for the learner to practice.

Motivation occurs when students can do something that they couldn't do before that is authentically related to the real world.

haiku

Glistening vastness
rising sun joins crescent moon
morning star weakens

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dec 30th

So, I'm just watching the snow and marking some papers. I think my students have learned some things over the course and that helps me feel encouraged to keep teaching it.

Kaylin says, "This course has also helped me distinguish between learning styles and theories. As I mentioned in my connectivism blog entry, my thoughts on how people learn used to be limited to learning “styles.” I had a narrow view of learners being visual, auditory, and/or kinesthetic. Since then, I have gained a deeper understanding of how students process, store, and transfer knowledge both cognitively and as products of their social environments. There was one straightforward explanation of the difference between learning theory and style that has really stuck with me and helped me differentiate the two. The most functional definition that I have heard so far is that “a learning strategy describes how a person learns -- in terms of method. A learning strategy is a cognitive or behavioral activity used to improve learning (Weaver, 2010)."

Wow, I'm happy to have helped to make that distinction more clear for this student. At the beginning of the course most students really feel comfortable with the idea of learning styles. It isn't easy to get then to think beyond those confines.

Weaver, S. (2010) Discussion on learning process. Retrieved from http://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=4603373&Survey=1&47=7443671&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=1&bhcp=1

Lucid Chart - Quick & Easy Chart Creation

Lucid Chart - Quick & Easy Chart Creation

Cartoonize Yourself with Convert to Cartoon

Cartoonize Yourself with Convert to Cartoon

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